Hamilton Spectator columnist Paul Benedetti’s essays paint a wonderfully funny portrait of family life today.
Paul Benedetti has a good job, a great family, and successful neighbours — but that doesn’t stop him from using it all as grist for a series of funny, real, and touching essays about a world he can’t quite navigate.
Benedetti misses his son, who is travelling in Europe, misplaces his groceries, and forgets to pick up his daughter at school. He endures a colonoscopy and vainly attempts to lower his Body Mass Index — all with mixed results. He loves his long-suffering wife, worries about his aging parents and his three children, who seem to spend a lot of time battling online trolls, having crushes on vampires, and littering their rooms with enough junk to start a landfill.
Dundurn; February 2017
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- Title: You Can Have a Dog When I'm Dead
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Paul Benedetti has an uncanny ability to look at the small things and see the big picture — or the big things and find the small truth. In the spirit of the great Gary Lautens, he introduces you to family, neighbourhood and real life. You will laugh out loud and you will quietly weep. And you will enjoy every word.
About The Author
Paul Benedetti is an award-winning journalist, author, and writer. His essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, Reader’s Digest, and regularly in the Hamilton Spectator, where he has a widely read Saturday column. He has won the Ontario Newspaper Award for Humour Writing and Canada’s National Newspaper Award for Best Short Feature, and he teaches journalism at the University of Western Ontario. Paul lives in Hamilton, Ontario.